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thanksgiving

It will probably be a little quiet around here for the rest of the week as it's the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. I'll still be checking my e-mail via the blackberry, of course :). Thanks to all who have made this a great year for WiKID.

incentive-plan-for-an-information-security-team

It has occurred to me that you could develop an interesting incentive program for an information security team, assuming that you believe a couple of data points (or can come up with your own) and your primary concern is a data breach. In my opinion, security people are all too often incented only to maintain security - not to optimize the investment in security. Interests need to be aligned.

merchants-are-not-going-to-make-the-pci-dss

No surprise there, security is hard. Read the story on PCI compliance at Dark Reading

texas-considers-requiring-pci-compliance

In an interesting twist in the continuing PCI story, the Texas legislature may mandate PCI compliance:

According to the language of the bill, "A business that, in the regular course of business, collects, maintains, or stores sensitive personal information in connection with an access device must comply with payment card industry data security standards." The bill would allow a financial institution in the state to request a breached entity to provide certification of its compliance with PCI specified controls. HB 3222 would require the certification to be issued by a PCI-approved auditor no earlier than 90-days before the breach.
It sounds like retailers would have to be audited every 90 days! Is this bill the work of the financial institutions or the auditors?

telework-promoted-to-cut-gas-costs

According to a recent study, federal workers could save $55 on monthly fuel costs.

The online-based telework promoting organization figured that current fuel prices cost typical GS-7, Step 5 federal employees $138.80 a month, nearly 7 percent of their after-tax income. The organization's study, titled "Gas Fuels Telework," is based on a survey of 3,500 federal employees registered with the Telework Exchange Web site.
If you've been in DC area traffic, then you know that anything that gets cars off the roads is a good thing.

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